Materials Management

Central Receiving

Central Receiving is located in the south end of the Dorland Building and acts as NIU's central location for:

  • Accepting daily shipments for the NIU campus
  • Processing all parcels and preparing them for shipment to university departments
  • Shipping return items to vendors

Return Procedure

Department must have completed shipping ticket. Shipping tickets can be found on the Procurement website. Department is responsible for obtaining a return authorization from the vendor and have arranged pick-up from Central Receiving with the carrier. Once this has been done, and if needed, you may contact Distribution Services to pick-up your package and deliver it to Central Receiving.

Personal Purchases Notice

The university's Central Receiving and Delivery operations function to receive and deliver items purchased with university funds for university use. As such, personal purchases by faculty and staff should not be shipped to the university as an alternative to an individual's home address.

When a personal purchase is delivered to Central Receiving a notice will be attached and sent to the addressee along with the package. The notice will inform the addressee that any future personal purchases will be refused at Central Receiving and returned to the vendor. Once an addressee has received this notice, all future personal purchases , regardless of vendor, will be refused.

Any packages which cannot be clearly identified by the address label may be opened in an effort to identify the addressee, or may be refused and returned.